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Ezio Pinza (1892-1957)

 

  1. Claude Rains, Notorious, 1945.       Alfred Hitchcock wanted George Sanders - or Pinza, the Italian opera star of Broadway’s South Pacific. His producer, the mighty David O Selznick, wanted Clifton Webb. They compromised with Rains. “Casting,” Hitchcock assured me in London on April 21, 1966, “is the first compromise.”
  2. Howard Keel, Kismet, 1955.       For the much-filmed 1911 Edward Knoblock play - Aladdin meets MGMusicals! - Pinza was beaten by Keel as wandering poet and self-styled King of the Beggars, vowing that his daughter will become Queen of Bagdad. Two years earlier, Keel had been Alfred Drake’s understudy as the poet on Broadway.
  3. Rossano Brazzi, South Pacific, 1957.       Stage-screen director Joshua Logan seriously wanted the Broadway Tony-winning star to repeat his role of Emile De Becque - but he died at age 64. Whereas Logan dropped Broadway’s original Nellie Forbush because Mary Martin was too old. At a mere 45. Oh, Hollywood!





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